Our discussion this week is about trials, but before we get into our discussion, let’s focus on our blessings. If you know Jesus as your Savior, you have a wealth of spiritual blessings. Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”The chapter we read from The Power of a Praying Wife was “His Trials”.
Things that touched me:
- Stormie writes “Everyone goes through hard times. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Sometimes our prayers help us to avoid them. Sometimes not. It’s the attitude we have when we go through them that matters most. If we are filled with anger and bitterness, or insist on complaining and blaming God, things tend to turn out badly. If we go through them with thankfulness and praise to God, He promises to bring good things despite them. He says to ‘count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.’ (James 1:2,3)” This is so true! Fussing and fighting is not going to help the process. In the words of the Beatles, “Life is very short and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.” Don’t think less of me for enjoying a good Beatles song every now and then 🙂
- “Whether it feels like it or not, when we serve God, His love attends every moment of our lives—even the toughest, loneliest, most painful and desperate. He is always there in our midst, working things out for good when we pray and look to Him to do so.” Sometimes, we “feel” like God isn’t there, but let’s face it, our feelings often lie.
- Stormie reminds us, “His purpose for our trials is often to bring us humbly before Him to experience a breaking in our inner, independent, self-sufficient selves, and grow us up into compassionate, patient, spiritually strong, God-glorifying people. He uses these situations to teach us how to trust that He loves and cares for us enough to get us through the tough times.” James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
- Stormie writes, “If your husband is going through a difficult time, carry it in prayer, but don’t carry the burden. Even though you may want to, don’t try to take away his load and make it yours. That will ultimately leave him feeling weak or like a failure. Besides, God doesn’t want you doing His job. He doesn’t want you trying to be the Holy Spirit to your husband. Even though it hurts to see him struggle and you want to fix it, you can’t. You can pray, encourage, and support, but God uses trials for His purpose and you must stay out of His way.” It is especially tempting to try to carry the burdens of our children and husbands. We, in our feeble attempts, are often interfering. The only one who can really help with these burdens is Jesus. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
- “‘For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Romans 8:38,39). If nothing can separate him from the love of God, then no matter how bad it gets, he always has hope.” We need to realize that we have Jesus’ love no matter the circumstances! He is always with us!
I didn’t find anything in this chapter that I respectfully disagree with.
Proverbs 31:22 “She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. “
Through looking at the different translations of this verse, I understand that the first phrase about “coverings of tapestry” is in reference to a bed covering or bedspread.
She has prepared a proper bed for her husband. What can this mean to us? I don’t think it means that we have to learn to sew or that our bedspread should always be fancy. I see it to mean that we should make sure that our bed is always prepared for “ministering” to our husband. You know what I mean 😉 Maybe her clothing of silk and purple are beautiful lingerie 😉
This virtuous woman knows how to take care of a household, a family, a husband, and herself! She is truly amazing. She’s not obsessed with her appearance, but she takes the time to make sure she is well-groomed and dressed. Just like I mentioned last week, she is not afraid to dress well and with some color!
Now, ladies, let’s be honest. We know that we dressed well, smelled good, and put on a good attitude when we were preparing to be a bride. Was that all an act? Should that fall by the wayside because we are married now? I’m gonna say, “NO”. We should still aim to please our husbands in the same way we did back then.
As I’m always trying to remind my daughter, true beauty comes from the heart. Jesus makes things beautiful. Without him, our hearts would be black with sin.
1 Peter 3:4 “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
Your assignment for week 15: Read Chapter 14 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Integrity”. What touched you? Any disagreements? Pray that your husband will be honest and upright in all his dealings. Also, study and ruminate on Proverbs 31:23.